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Sometimes ya gotta let ‘em PLAY!

Play Time

Play Time

It really doesn’t matter the age of a child…..you give them a few balls or riding toys or a net and a gym and the kids will figure out something to play! This party was in a neighborhood gym and these parties really end up being the easiest parties that still let you put your own mark on.

Many times when I’m planning a party, I think of all the cool places that are out there that we could have a party at…..you know the places. But when it comes to being able to individualize the party, it’s really tough. Now, I’m sure that’s my own hangup and not one that my children share but it really does make a difference to personalize a party.

When you want to personalize a party it doesn’t mean that you have to plan and schedule every second of the party. Have the party at a location that lends it’self to free play. You can eat up 30 min to an hour with the kids just getting their wiggles out.

Don’t be afraid of the down time and let them make their own fun with free play.

Play!

Play!

Fire Truck Party Lego Favor

Fire Truck Party Lego Favor

Fire Truck Party Lego Favor


If you are like me, I get tired of the small balls and little favors you can pick up to throw in a bag. They end up all over the house or end up in a smaller child’s mouth and just makes me nervous.

Now, this suggestion is not for the small children. As you can see on the box, this kit is suggested for kids between 5 and 12 and I think that that is pretty accurate. The Lego kits that are small like this are quite inexpensive especially considering you spend that much or more on the junk.

If you are giving this as a gift for a fire truck party for younger boys like 5 or 6, it’s a great parent/child activity once your guests get home. Simply purchase the kit and either wrap it or put it in a gift bag and it couldn’t be easier.

Resources: For Firefighter Lego Kit and other Fire Truck Theme Lego Kits – Visit the Lego Company.


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Party on a Budget

Fire Truck Party on a Budget

Fire Truck Party on a Budget

On a budget?  No problem.  A fire truck party can easily be done on a budget.

This party had fireman hats that can be bought very reasonably.  There is a stand up cardboard truck, napkins, cups and a table cloth all bought as part of a kit.  Many of the big bog party supply stores will have them.

The kids are all about the colors and the fire trucks.  This may not take too much time to create but kids this age will never know the difference.

Photography taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Water Party

Fire Truck Water Sprinkler Party

Fire Truck Water Sprinkler Party

There is nothing more fun for kids than to run through spraying water on a warm/hot day. This fire truck sprayer makes the theme of this party perfect.

Two big points on water parties like this. They are great for kids you may not be swimming by themselves yet. Parents don’t have to be on top of the kids at all times like when they are in a pool and can’t swim.

The second thing to remember about water parties is to make sure your invitees know what is about to happen and have them bring a bathing suit or an extra change of clothes.

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Scene Cake

Fire Truck Scene Cake

Fire Truck Scene Cake


If you want to go for more of a scene for your fire truck birthday party cake, this is certainly cute. You can purchase these at many stand alone bakeries and grocery store bakeries. Some of them crank out these types of birthday cakes. But it never hurts to go in with an idea of what you want.

The first thing this birthday boy did was to take off the truck and all the fireman figures and started to play with them.

Photograph by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR

Fire Station Party Game

Fire Truck Party Game

Fire Truck Party Game


At the Fire Station you never know if the fun is for the big kids or for the little kids. Here the “kids” were shooting the water at an orange cone. Each kid had a turn until they knocked over the cone with the water. The big kids from the fire station had just as much fun as the little ones!

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Birthday Party Idea

Fire Station Party

Fire Station Party

The biggest fire truck birthday party idea I can give you is to actually visit a fire department.  Because of budget cuts in our city, the individual fire houses don’t allow parties in their community rooms.  So, we had our “party” at a different location.  After letting out a bit of kid energy, we loaded everyone up and went for a tour at a local firehouse.

Here the fire station captain on duty extended the ladder truck and climbed to the top to waive at the kids.  These always work best if you can find a fire house with younger firemen with kids of their own.  They understand what the little kids love. As we were driving to the fire station, my daughter asked if there are any women fireman(firewomen). I said that there absolutely were but she had never seen any. It was a wonderful surprise for us to show up and the captain on duty the day we were there was a woman!

Most of the time there is no fee for this type of tour, so it is very nice to go back with a plate of cookies, brownies or something showing your appreciation.  A small donation if you can afford one, would also be appropriate. The idea of visiting the fire department as a group to see the fire trucks is also a great idea for auction party items.

Photo take by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Party Favors

Fire Truck Party Favors

Fire Truck Party Favors


The thing to always remember is not every thing at the party HAS to be completely part of the theme. These fire truck party favors were given at a party in the summer time. We decided to give sand buckets and toys. We related it to the theme by adding a preprinted fire truck tag that had each child’s name on it.

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Theme Party Tables

Fire Truck Theme Party Table

Fire Truck Theme Party Table

The venue where we had this party had high ceilings. Something needed to happen to make the party tables not only go with the theme of fire trucks but to draw the guests in to the food and cake. Here we used the balloons again to do that. The balloons are the colors that coordinate and the provide a false ceiling for the tables.

Each fire truck table was preset with a fire plug juice cup and a dalmation hat at each space. The table cloth is disposable and isn’t really fire truck theme but is totally works with the colors.

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR

Fire Truck Party Balloons

Fire Truck Party Balloons

Fire Truck Party Balloons


What’s a birthday party without balloons??? This is another oops that happened at this party as you’ll learn below.

The colors we used for this party were black, red and white all with weights on the bottom so that the kids could carry them around and not worry about the balloons fly away. We rented a small tank rather than paying the balloon store to blow them up as it was much less expensive.

Our main focus balloon was a truck balloon made of the silvery material that we blew up and put a weight on but obviously not a heavy enough one. As soon as my son let it go, it flew up to the top of the party room never to be seen by guests! We were also going to use the fire truck balloon as the focal point on the serving table. Something you can do!!!

Photography by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR

Fire Truck Birthday Cake Candles


Dalmation Candle Holder

Dalmation Candle Holder


It’s all in the details. For the fire truck party, I wanted to exploit every idea I had. If you take a very close look, the candle holder is the back of a dalmation puppy.

I found these candle holders in Mexico City at the San Angel Saturday Market. We have a set of them. Only one is a dalmation and it was perfect in the middle of the 3 candles.

Now, I’m not saying that you need to travel to Mexico to purchase these from the only lady in the world making them. I show you this to cause you to think. Pick a theme early enough for you to keep an eye out at any place or store you visit and think outside the box.

Fire Truck Birthday Party CupCakes

Fire Truck Birthday Party CupCakes

Fire Truck Birthday Party CupCakes

For our fire truck party, we used the big cake for the adults and the kids all got mini cupcakes. We would have done full cupcakes but it was a mid morning party and I didn’t want to totally ruin everyone’s lunch.

I had originally iced them with red cream cheese icing and then piped the letter H on them for my son’s name. BUT…..I let my 5 year old help me take them to the car. And you guessed it, she turned the container sideways and they all mushed together. After I gained control of myself, I decided the kids really didn’t care what they looked like if they still tasted good. So you will see in the photo a little swirl where the letter H once was!

Organizing and presenting the cup cakes in a fun and interesting fashion is almost as important as the decorating of them. Don’t just serve them out of the box if you are purchasing. If you don’t have a tiered cake stand, at least line them up in a fun pattern on your serving table. And one thing I try to impart on folks is that EVERYTHING at the party doesn’t have to be directly related to the theme of the party. These work nicely and the connection to the party is the color of the icing. That’s all that was needed! Have fun!

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Party Hat

Fire Truck Party Hat

Fire Truck Party Hat

What’s a birthday party with out a party hat? I didn’t want just a printed hat for my son’s birthday party, so I decided to make my own hats!

This Dalmation puppy hat was perfect for our fire truck party and the kids loved them. There was one little boy who put his hat on and didn’t take it off all day!

To make it, I used a premade party hat to use as a template for the hat and I made that part out of a heavy white paper. The dog’s hat, ears, arms, nose and tongue are made from felt. I colored the dots on the ears and arms with a black market. Again, if anyone is interested in the templates, let me know and I’ll work on making them available. To keep it on, I tied on elastic through holes I make using the smallest hole punch you can find. The elastic was also a very light weight elastic.

Dalmation Hat How To

Dalmation Hat How To

This is a perfect example of an idea that totally works as a fire truck party hat but isn’t a fire truck!

Resources: Click here to get your Free Fire Truck Party Hat Template.

Photograph by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Birthday Cake

Fire Truck Birthday Cake

Fire Truck Birthday Cake

This Wilton cake pan makes a nice 3D Fire Truck Cake. I found the pan on an auction site in my city and may not use it other than this time. There are many used ones available out there.  If you want to purchase one new, I just found them at Michaels along with lots of other cake pans.

For me a cake sums up this way: 1. Looks 2. Icing Taste 3. Cake. I’m laying it all out here. For things like this, it’s just much easier to use a cake mix. Use a good one though. We used chocolate cake mix for our for our fire truck.
The icing is another story. When it doesn’t have to be a perfect cake…..like a firetruck cake, I prefer cream cheese icing. Hum! Die some red and leave the rest natural. Because the icing is so thick, you lose the 3D of the cake pan but it gives you a great outline to embellish. Here, I used chocolate cookies for the wheels, chocolate coated candies for the ladder and fenders and some sort of chocolate ball for the siren and head light. Then I piped the outline of the fire truck doors, bottom, windows and such for the perfect children’s cake.

Resources: For Cake Pan and Icing Colors – Visit Michaels.

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Party Favors

Fire Truck Party Drinking Cup

Fire Truck Party Drinking Cup

A great Fire Truck birthday party favor idea that the kids can enjoy at the party is to have a festive party cup. Originally I was planning to make some sort of fireplug cup…..and then I found one for sale online!!! Even better. It’s a plastic cup with straw and the lid screws open.

I simply washed them and filled them up with lemonaid the morning of the party. The kids loved them and then took them home as a party favor. And it’s nice to have things that aren’t all fire trucks but work with the theme.

Resources: To find these fire truck party favors: Fire Hydrant cups visit Birthday Express

Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Fire Truck Party Invitation Wording


Fire Truck Invitation Wording

Fire Truck Invitation Wording


 

Wording for your Fire Truck Party Invitation can be as simple or complex as you want. For the invitation in the post a couple of days ago, we simply typed it in word and then printed them and glued on the back.

Wording was as follows:

“Harris is Fired up to Turn 3! Don’t get Caught Watching from a Tree.”

Join us to Celebrate:
Date
Time
Place

Details such as “We’ll be going as a group from Hillside to the fire station for a group tour. Station is on the corner of 17th and Johnson”

RSVP

Make Your Own Fire Truck Birthday Party Invitation

Fire Truck Birthday Party Invitation

Fire Truck Birthday Party Invitation

Make your Own Fire Truck Party Invitation. For my son’s 3 year old party, I made 20 of these fire trucks to give out as the invitation. Phew. I will say that it took me many nights of cutting and putting them together.

I found some clip art online that I liked and printed it out multiple copies for my template. I used the whole fire truck as my base with the red and then cut the second truck apart for all the other details. Instead of using paper, I decided to use sheets of foam for more interest. The wheels are movable and are attached with a brad. The black part of the ladder is solid and then I cut small red squares to make the steps. This saved on time and frustration and also added another layer of dimension. Nothing cut out is really perfect and I think that adds to the character of it.

The message was typed on a piece of paper and put on the back. Enjoy!

Resources: Fire Truck Invitation Template.

Fire Truck Birthday Party

Fire Station Birthday Party

Fire Station Birthday Party

One of the most fun Birthday Parties is a Fire Truck Birthday Party. This theme, like many others, has endless possibilities. I had a Birthday Party for my 3 year old son centered around the Fire Truck theme. The party included girls and boys. Not only did the kids love this party but the parents loved it as well. If you look at all the posts for this month, you will see ideas shared that encoumpass all ideas of a Fire Truck Party.

Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.